Call for inputs on intimidation and reprisals for the annual report of the Secretary-General


Deadline*:
15 April 2021
Issued by:
OHCHR
Purpose:
To inform the annual report of the Secretary-General to the Human Rights Council on intimidation and reprisals for cooperation with the UN

*If a submission is received after the deadline, the information can still be considered for the following year’s report.

Background

Each year the Secretary-General prepares and presents a report to the Human Rights Council entitled “Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights”. This report provides an update on the subject of intimidation and reprisals for cooperation with the UN. 

Objectives of the report

The report summarizes the main trends and contains a selection of cases brought to the attention of the UN.  The decision to include cases is made on the basis of the principles of ‘do no harm’ and informed consent. Highlights activities, policy developments and good practices within the UN system.

Key questions and types of input

If you are submitting individual case(s), please ensure that:

  1. There is a direct link between the reported incident and the cooperation with the UN, and that the case falls within the scope of Human Rights Council resolution 12/2.
  2. Consent has been obtained from the alleged victim or his/her family to share the information (NOTE: case information may also be shared with OHCHR confidentially and for information only, and therefore will not be included in any report.  Please indicate this clearly on your submission).

Please consult the full guidelines for submitting inputs to the report for further detail.

If you are submitting analysis, observations and input on general trends and thematic issues, consider the following:

  1. Patterns and trends during the reporting period, including any changes observed from previous years (e.g. increase or decrease of cases recorded in a specific community or measures taken against a specific group).  A summary of trends in a specific country or region can be submitted in addition to case information.
  2. Thematic observations – in relation for example to the specific experiences and targeting of groups as well as particularities of contexts, actors, tactics, and motivations.

Please consult the full guidelines for submitting inputs to the report for further detail.

How and where to submit inputs

Inputs should include information on incidents or trends during the reporting period (1 May-30 April), and may be sent by email or through other secure channels of communication available upon request by 15 April. 

E-mail address:
reprisals@ohchr.org (other secure channels available upon request)
E-mail subject line:
Inputs for the Secretary-General reprisals report
File formats:
Word, PDF
Accepted languages:
English, French, Spanish (OHCHR requests that inputs in Russian, Chinese and Arabic be translated before submission)

Treatment of inputs received

Inputs will be processed and allegations verified according to OHCHR’s methodology on human rights monitoring and reporting.  The report of the Secretary-General on cooperation with the UN will be presented and discussed during the September session of the Human Rights Council.